gua·​ra·​na | \ ˌgwä-rə-ˈnä How to pronounce guarana (audio) \

Definition of guarana

: a dried paste that is made from the seeds of a South American climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) of the soapberry family, that contains caffeine and tannin, and that is used as a stimulant also : this plant

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Recent Examples on the Web Four Loko does not contain caffeine, taurine or guarana. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Combine Alcohol and Caffeine?," 29 June 2018 Coco Loco contains cacao powder as well as ingredients often found in energy drinks, including taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba. Ars Technica, SELF, "The FDA Is Not Cuckoo for Coco Loko, a Chocolatey Alternative to Snorting Cocaine," 14 Dec. 2017 For example, anything with caffeine, such as caffeinated soda and coffee, sports products such as bars, gels and sports drinks, along with creatine, guarana, root and taurine are banned. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee middle, high school students enjoying new mountain biking program," 29 Sep. 2017 The New York Post reports that Coco Loko contains ginkgo biloba, taurine, and guarana, as well as cacao powder. Nick Thieme, Slate Magazine, "You Can Now Buy Chocolate Powder to Snort," 12 July 2017 The substance is made from raw cacao powder (from cacao pods) and energy-drink ingredients such as taurine and guarana, which have raised alarm regarding their effect on young people when used in large quantities. Kyle Arnold,, "Chocolate you can snort? Top lawmaker wants an investigation of Florida company's product," 13 July 2017 The powder, released last month, contains cacao powder as well as ingredients often found in energy drinks, including taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Cocaine on training wheels? Snortable chocolate raises eyebrows, angers Schumer," 10 July 2017 According to U.S. News & World Report, the label boasts cacao powder plus ingredients you're probably used to seeing in energy drinks: gingko biloba, taurine, and guarana. Korin Miller, SELF, "So, People Are Snorting Chocolate Called Coco Loko," 7 July 2017 Information based on scientific testing should also be made available on the effects of energy drink additives, such as guarana and taurine, that can increase the potency and increase the effects of caffeine. Pat Crawford And Wendi Gosliner, miamiherald, "Energy drinks have no limits on caffeine levels. They should, say nutrition experts.," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of guarana

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guarana

Portuguese guaraná, from Nhengatu (Tupi-based lingua franca of Amazonia), from Sateré-Mawé (Tupian language of the middle Amazon River basin) warana

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“Guarana.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of guarana

: a dried paste made from the seeds of a Brazilian climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) containing tannin and caffeine and used in making an astringent drink

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